This ‘Joker’ Android malware sounds like something a heinous villain would design

Android apps

  • Google has removed another batch of Android apps from the Google Play Store after analysts with Check Point Research discovered these apps connected to the Joker malware that’s previously bedeviled Google’s app marketplace.
  • In the past, the Joker malware has been responsible for everything from stealing SMS messages to spyware.
  • This comes as a number of other troubling security-related problems have been found recently involving Android apps and devices.

Lately, it seems like no sooner do we write about a newly uncovered security vulnerability involving sketchy Android apps — or instances like some Android phones apparently hiding undeletable, malicious files and apps on users’ devices — than another similar problem crops right up anew, whack-a-mole style.

This time, it’s a familiar kind of Android malware that’s returned, called “Joker,” that was first identified some three years ago and has been responsible for everything from stealing SMS messages to engaging in billing fraud and spyware. Analysts from Check Point Research found a number of apps using what researchers described as a variant of the Joker malware and which were hiding in the Google Play Store in “seemingly legitimate applications.”

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